Photography ©Foster + Partners

Set to welcome an expected one million visitors by 2030, the terminal building has been inspired by the surrounding desert landscape.

The principal aim of Foster + Partners' design is to provide a tranquil and memorable experience for passengers, bringing the experience of a private aircraft terminal to every traveller by providing smaller, intimate spaces that feel luxurious and personalised. 

“The Red Sea Airport has been envisaged as a gateway to one of the most unique resorts in the world and an integral part of the visitor experience," explains Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners.

"Inspired by the colours and textures of the desert landscape, the sustainable design seeks to create a calm and luxurious journey through the terminal. It will become a transit hub for visitors coming in by both land and air. We look forward to working with the Red Sea Development Company to fulfil the vision for this ambitious one-of-a-kind project.”

Upon arrival, passengers will follow the natural spatial flow down through the lush oasis landscape towards the Welcome Centre, where they are met and welcomed to the Red Sea Resort.

All security and immigration checks are dealt with speedily and the checked-in baggage is sent to the resorts directly. The centre offers an immersive experience of the highlights at the resort, giving visitors a flavour of what is to come.

The departure sequence is generally longer than the arrival experience, so the spaces are designed for longer waiting times with larger, more relaxed spaces. The five departure suites are arranged as a series of pods to allow an easy transition from their cars to the plane.

Passengers are dropped off outside the terminal and quickly enter one of the departure pods which feature spas and restaurants enveloped in a relaxed atmosphere.